In the interests of patient care and as a precaution, the public are asked to limit visiting to South Tipperary General Hospital to essential visits only at this time and to ensure that if they attend that they do so at the recommended visiting times.
This approach is taken in a bid to curb suspected cases of the Norovirus (vomiting bug).
Visiting to all wards at South Tipperary General Hospital will only be allowed in accordance with the National Visiting Policy and the times are as follows;
• 2pm to 4pm
• 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Visiting outside of these hours will only be permitted in exceptional circumstances. Children are advised not to visit the hospital during this possible outbreak. Also, a patient’s visitors are restricted to two visitors at any one time.
South Tipperary General Hospital regrets this inconvenience but it is necessary at this time to prevent the spread of these illnesses to both patients and staff. Where appropriate, mobile phone contact between families should be considered as an alternative to visiting.
The hospital is also asking the public that only genuine emergencies should present at the Emergency Department (ED) in South Tipperary General Hospital and where possible that people should consult their GP or Caredoc service before coming to the ED.
Ms. Maria Barry, Hospital Manager, South Tipperary General Hospital, is asking the general public for their co-operation and reiterated how important it is for patients that these infection control measures are respected:
“The vomiting bug is currently in the community and people may unknowingly bring the bug into the hospital when visiting sick relatives or friends. I would appeal to the public to co-operate with the National Visiting Policy and advise anyone who have been affected by vomiting and/or diarrhoea, or anyone who has had contact with persons with these symptoms, not to visit hospital until they have been symptom free for 72 hours. Patient care is our priority and we would urge the public to help hospital staff keep the virus at bay as it can further debilitate those who are already sick in hospital.”
The vomiting bug known as Noro-Virus usually causes short-lasting outbreaks of abdominal pain and nausea followed by diarrhoea and/or vomiting. It is usually quite mild and rarely causes severe problems, however it may be quite unpleasant and debilitating in small children or older people who are already ill or infirm